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Browsing web series at Netflix helped explore some of the Pakistani TV dramas enlisted on the platform. ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’ was such first drama that I enjoyed the most. Later I found few more dramas including ‘Humsafar’ and ‘Sadqay Tumhare’. Now-a-days, watching a drama on the Indian TV has become a boring task since almost all TV programs are loaded with tons of advertisements and viewable content is limited. Since majority of Indian viewers of Hindi channels are able to understand Urdu, they enjoy Pakistani TV dramas too. During COVID-19 pandemic, Indian TV channels are showing old content, youtube and similar platforms provide them opportunity to watch popular Pak TV dramas. Most of the popular Pakistani dramas are available at YouTube for watching and don’t contain advertisements or have limited ads, if any. There are websites like ‘Daily Motion’ and ‘Mxplayer’ where viewers can find some of the dramas or some of the episodes. A list of my choice of Pakistani dramas is given below which may be of viewers’ interest in India too.

Ranking of dramas

1. Zindagi Gulzar Hai
Theme: Gender biasness, conflict of thoughts
Episodes: 26
Year of telecast: 2012.
Lead cast: Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed
Availability: Youtube, Netflix
Ratings: IMDb 9/10

2. Humsafar
Theme: Class conflicts
Episodes: 23
Year of telecast: 2011
Cast: Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan
Availability: Youtube, Netflix, dailymotion
Ratings: IMDb 9/10

3. Alif
Theme: Spiritual-romantic tv series
Year of telecast: 2019
Episodes: 24
Cast: Hamza Ali Abbasi, Sajal Aly
Availability: Youtube, Dailymotion
Ratings: IMDb 9.4/10

4. Pyare Afzal
Theme: One sided love, underworld
Year of telecast: 2013-14
Episodes: 37
Cast: Hamza Abbasi, Ayeza Khan and Sana Javed
Availability: Youtube, Mxplayer, Dailymotion
Ratings: IMDb 9.1/10

Next Four (5-8)

5. Dastaan
Theme: Partition of Indian Sub-continent, trials and tribulations of a girl,
expectations from independence of Pakistan
Year of telecast: 2010
Episodes: 23
Cast: Fawad Khan and Sanam Baloch
Availability: Youtube
Ratings: IMDb 8.8/10

6. Ishq Zahe Nasheeb
Theme: Family obligations, split personality
Year of telecast:2019-20
Episodes: 30
Cast: Zahid Ahmed, Sonya Hussyn, Zamish Khan and Yumna Zaidi
Availability: Youtube, Dailymotion
Ratings: IMDb 8.8/10

7. Do Bol
Theme: Love triangle, class conflict, greed
Year of telecast: 2019
Episodes: 30
Cast: Hira Mani, Affan Waheed
Availability: Youtube, Mxplayer, Dailymotion
Ratings: IMDb 8.6/10

8. Mere Pass Tum Ho
Theme: Greed, love, betrayal
Year of telecast:2019-20
Episodes: 23
Cast: Humayun Saeed, Ayeza Khan and Adnan Siddiqui
Availability: Youtube
Ratings: IMDb 8.3/10

Next Three (9-11)

9. Zara Yaad Kar
Theme: Greed, betrayal, love
Year of telecast:2016
Episodes: 28
Cast: Zahid Ahmed and Sana Javed
Availability: Youtube, Dailymotion
Ratings: IMDb 8.1/10

10. Khaani:
Theme: Pursuit of justice, murder, political interference
Year of telecast: 2017
Episodes: 31
Cast: Sana Javed and Feroz Khan
Availability: Youtube, Netflix
Ratings: IMDb 8/10

11. Sadqay Tumhare
Theme: Romantic TV Series
Year of telecast: 2014
Episodes: 27
Cast: Mahira Khan and Adnan Malik
Availability: Youtube
Ratings: IMDb 7.4/10

Next Three (12-14)

12. Meer Abru
Theme: Love triangle
Year of telecast: 2019
Episodes: 34
Cast: Noor Hassan, Mirza Zain Baig and Sanam Chaudhry
Availability: Youtube, Dailymotion

13. Phir Wohi Mohabbat
Theme: Accident, tragedy, love, reunion
Year of telecast: 2017
Episodes: 22
Cast: Ahmed Ali and Hania Amir
Availability: Youtube, Mxplayer

14. Ashk
Theme: Love, misunderstanding
Year of telecast: 2012
Episodes: 23
Cast: Fawad Khan, Mehreen Raheel and Neelam Muneer
Availability: Youtube, Dailymotion

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